Gospel of Matthew, Day 10 of 58
2 ‘So whenever you give alms, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be praised by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. 3But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4so that your alms may be done in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
Works of piety (like prayer and fasting) or works of mercy (likes giving to charity) are about honoring God. Sometimes, people get confused, and think that doing religious things in public makes someone a “good person”. Doing good works in public can be good public relations for celebrities, professional athletes, and Fortune 500 CEOs. However, the benefit for the person of faith to give is not about public relations, but more about private adoration of God.
This is a challenge for me because I believe that praying in public or sharing my testimony about giving can inspire others toward faithfulness and generosity. However, I wonder if there are ways to incorporate more silent prayer in public worship or ask others to prayer at worship or meetings?
Almighty God, you know all things. You know where my heart truly is. I want to honor you with praying and giving. Forgive me when I use my prayers or gifts to bring unnecessary attention to myself. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.